|Pilot 1st Lt. Arden M. Rulison, O-393203 (MIA / KIA) CA
Co-Pilot 2nd Lt. Donald C. Mitchell, O-411844 (survived)
Bombardier M/Sgt Ray A. Oliver, 6725145 (MIA / KIA) MI
Engineer Cpl William A. Mutch Jr., 33099073 (MIA / KIA) PA
Radio Gunner Sgt. Arthur I. Friday, 408805, RAAF (MIA / KIA) Mansfield, VIC
Turret Gunner Sgt. Guy E. Clanton, 14006584 (MIA / KIA) MS
Crashed May 25, 1942
Built by North American in Inglewood, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. Ferried overseas via Hawaii to Australia.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron on April 6, 1942. No known nose art or nickname.
During the middle of April 1942, this B-25 was flown from Batchelor Field near Darwin northward to Del
Monte Airfield on Mindanao. During April 12-13, 1942 participated
in the Royce Mission flying bombing missions against against Cebu Harbor and Davao.
On May 25, 1942 took off from Cooktown Airfield on a morning flight to 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby . One of eight B-25s that took off from 7-Mile Drome on a bombing mission against Lae Airfield. Over the target, attacked by approximately 15 Tainan Kōkūtai A6M2 Zeros in vicinity of the airfield for twenty minutes. This B-25 was shot down and crashed into the sea, killing the entire crew with the exception of Mitchell who managed to bail out.
Fate of the Crew
Co-Pilot Mitchell was only crew member able to bail out. He was able to link up with Australian forces and on June 8, 1942 a radio message from Mubo stated that Mitchell was safe, but suffered burns and a leg injury. He was returned to duty in Australia on June 12, 1942.
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The entire crew killed in the crash were officially declared dead that day of the mission. Australian Friday is memorialized at the Lae Memorial, panel 7 at the Lae War Cemetery.
PNG Museum Aircraft Status Card - B-25C Mitchell 41-12466
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Arden M. Rulison
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Ray A. Oliver
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - William A. Mutch Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Guy E. Clanton
CWGC - Arthur I. Friday
Thanks to Edward Rogers for additional information.
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August 10, 2019